VNL Update, 30 Second Read.

Quick volleyball update for the Mens league in VNL World League. USA went on to defeat Bulgaria 3 sets to their 1. They also then went on to defeat China 3 sets to 0! Currently They are in a four way tie with Poland, Italy, and France! Brazil sits at fifth place with a 2-1 record which is actually fairly surprising because Brazil has always had a phenomenal team but there is still a lot of games to play so who knows what will happen.

Thats all for today!

Till Next Time,

W.P.

Volleyball Nations League and Life Update!

Now, I’m sure a lot of you who will read this don’t watch professional volleyball because let’s be real, it’s not as mainstream as football, basketball, and soccer. And with the NBA playoffs currently having some INSANE series, you probably won’t take time out of your day to watch Volleyball. SO, with that said, I’m gonna do my best over the next month to keep you updated on the men’s USA team in the Volleyball Nations League tournament (VNL). I will also do my best to keep you updated a little on my life and what is happening in it! (If anyone is interested lol)

Alright, so USA men’s played their first game today really early in the morning for those of us in the USA because of a time difference. So they played at 1am! USA vs Argentina!

First two sets went over to Argentina and it straight up looked like they would sweep USA 3-0 and take the win but hahaha, USA kicked it into gear and just saved their energy on the first two games and came back to win the series 3-2. Which is super impressive because volleyball is a game where each team always has a chance to equally score, and all ARG had to do was win one more set! I almost kinda feel bad for them lol but they put up a great fight and I’m sure it will make a great game to watch. USA next plays tomorrow at 1 am, which is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes from when I will publish this post so the game is probably already over by the time you read this. I’ll post on that hopefully Sunday when I get a chance.

As for updates on me, I currently have quite a bit going. I’m applying for a job for a company in California that I believe I would be a great fit in. I also think it is a work from home job so I don’t think I would have to move out there. I’m also looking at a college for Missionaries and will be getting more information on that Tuesday. BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY (at the moment at least lol) my summer volleyball league starts on Wednesday! I made the schedule for it today and I made a list of announcements for opening day and I’m super stoked. I can’t wait to play somewhat competitively again and most of my team has got some real good practice in in the past few weeks.

As for now, that’s all I’ve got for ya. I’ll keep you all updated!

Till next time,

W.P.

I DOVE FOR A BALL FOUR FEET OUT OF BOUNDS HELP.

Alright so this post is gonna be a short one but DEFINITELY a good one.

SO I managed to get a lot of people for a game of volleyball this morning! Which was pretty awesome. Greg, Kelsey, Brandon, Shawn, Alex, Ethan, Brenden, and I all got together for a solid two and a half hours of volleyball time!

So to start off, yes, I did dive for a ball that was indeed four feet out of bounds but I also thought that it was inbounds. Apparently my depth perception was a bit off. I also was able to find a few good spots that my team will have to work on during the summer league which i’m stoked for. At the games today we had Kelsey, Greg, and I who are on a team for the summer league, and then we have Alex, Ethan, and Brenden, who are on a team so it was kind of a preview of what the future will hold in the summer league.

Some highlights of todays matches include: I dove for a ball four feet out, Hauck needs to work on his receiving because he can’t receive my serves! lol jk. I got hit in the face by my own spike after it was blocked, ouch. And Ethan did a terrible LOW back set to Alex who obviously wasn’t expecting it. Other than that everyone did pretty solid, we had a ton of really long rallies with the ball in the air. So, good job everyone and lets try and do it again next week!

Till next time,

W.P.

Made Some Random Friends This Week!

This week I go two play volleyball on THREE separate occasions! What a great week, am I right?

The first time was my weekly volleyball week that was the last week, and I explained how that went earlier in the week.

The second time Greg, Hunter, Kelsey, and I went out to try and play at Morey Courts in Mount Pleasant. Welp, their courts were full up. Luckily though it led to us heading over to Downtown Mount Pleasant to play on the sand courts. We got there and there happened to be another random team that was practicing for a league at Central Michigan University for the summer. So, we asked if we could play and they were absolutely okay with it. SO we played several games and we did actually really good and sadly we didn’t get any of their names so we will probably never play against them again but it was still nice to have a practice team.

The THIRD time was just yesterday on Saturday and Greg and I decided to go to Morey again and luckily they had their courts open this time. So we started just practicing our essential basics and moving on to setting and spiking and then a bunch of people came and started playing their own game on a court right next to ours so we asked if we could join and they were okay with it! It was great, they were a riot. Full of jokes, laughter, and they tried really hard. We played two whole matches and we both had a lot of fun, but again, we didn’t get anyones names so still no practice squads. But that’s okay, we made good progress and now we are all just prepping for the June volleyball league!

 

Till next time,

W.P.

Tuesday Night Volleyball League

So, this week was the final week of my Tuesday night volleyball league. So thank you to Sarah who first invited me to the team and then thank you to the rest of the team for being so accepting of me. Now, down to business.

Yesterday we had our first double header. We were supposed to have those two games several weeks ago but a snow day cancelled them so we rescheduled.

I had been looking forward to these games for a long time. Opponents 1 had a really tall guy who I felt was pretty much the main man of their team, and I had been waiting to vs him. I love the competition and I love a good challenge when it comes to volleyball. Opponents 2 were a team that I had seen before and I knew they were pretty good but I didn’t realize they were the best team in the league until Sarah told me lol.

Game 1:

To start, I need to say, I was so nervous for this game. I was also so hyped for it, but somewhere in the middle of the game my nervousness went away. Opponents 1 were good, they were well balanced and the tall guy was definitely a tough opponent. I knew from the start our serves would have to be good because those were the only balls that Tall Guy couldn’t block because thats the rules of the game. And then I also knew that I would have to be on my A-game while in the front row. Two conditions that I focused on. We started actually behind in set 1 if I remember correctly, then caught up quickly due to some solid serving. My team only had 4 people on it again in these games which is fine because we actually had gotten used to it from last week. Set one we ended up winning I think the score was 25-20. Not much unusual happened in the first set, nothing really stood out much, we just played our game and stayed consistent. I had some errors that I shouldn’t have had but in the end it was fine. Set 2 came along and our team was warming up well and really getting into the groove of it. Id say set 2 was the high point of our night. I managed a few spikes that weren’t as good as last weeks but I chalk that up to nervousness. I managed two blocks in the second set which were solid and both ended with a point and then Chris managed a MONSTER block versus the Tall Guy which also ended in a point, which was pretty hype. Set 2 Sarah and Tiffany both were killing it with the serves, they must’ve had somewhere like 12-15 points just off their serves and us being able to make something happen off of their serves. We went on to win set 2 but I actually have no clue what the score was.

Set 3:

Set 3 was a little different, I think we could all feel us getting tired out. We couldn’t receive balls like we normally would, we weren’t talking as much as we needed to, and the ball just wasn’t working for us lol. I honestly don’t remember much about set 3 except we lost because we played a lot of volleyball yesterday and It is all kinda meshing in my head. BUT, we won the match 2 sets to their 1 set! Which was awesome because I had been looking forward to that match for a while and I wanted to win badly.

 

GAME 2:

So Im gonna mesh all the sets of game 2 into one section because there isn’t a whole lot to say. Game 2 we lost all three sets. Some sets were worse than others but it felt as if nothing was working for us. We just seemed to be hitting some balls just barely too lightly and it would skirt around the top of the net and fall back on our side. My sets to other people were off. The opponents offense was just flowing really smoothly and we could’nt seem to stop their spikes. Our team got 0 blocks in the second game. We were putting everything we had into the game but we were tired.

In this game we started to feel the downsides of only four people. The opponents were the first to really target and take advantage of our weak points. With only four members we were playing in a diamond shape, which left the middle of the court fairly opened and we all just kinda did our best to chip in and cover it when needed, but that included a lot of running and diving and we were tired from the previous game. Along with the opponents taking advantage of our low numbers somewhere along the line, I got intimidated. 

This was due to the amount of good players they had on their team and they never left me opened to spike, someone was always in my face. They always were able to get a hand on the balls that I hit and I was just scoring less. And whenever they spiked the ball I could never block it or managed to grab it from hitting the ground, even with all my diving efforts. All of this culminated and with a few more errors along the way, I became intimidated. I stopped hitting as hard as I could when spiking and actually barely ever spiked at all. Luckily, Sarah noticed this and snapped me out of it, all she asked was if I was getting tired because I wasn’t hitting like normal but I told her I was being cautious. Then she just told me not to back down. After that I managed one more good spike before the game ended and we lost all 3 sets.

I was backing down, which is something that I never wanted to do and even thought I wouldn’t ever do. I just wanted to win so bad that I was overthinking every move of mine to the point where I psyched myself out and Im probably gonna beat myself up over it for a while but I just gotta look to the future and look to get better. I know what I need to improve on.

So, Last night I noticed during the game the opponents were recording the game so I am gonna try and get the recording and trouble shoot but with that being said, I am done with that league and my next league starts June 30th. This is the league I am running so I will be busy but Ill keep up the updates after those games.

Final Notes, Sarah, Tiffany, Chris, and Zach if this gets to you thank you for the opportunity  to play for your team. It was undoubtedly one of the most fun things that I have done so far this year! Maybe Ill see you in the four man league at the Moose Lodge this summer.

Thanks for reading if you made it this far!

Till next time,

W.P.

20TH BLOG POST. Why I’m into volleyball.

So many posts ago, 20 in fact, I said that on my twentieth blog post I would reveal why I’m ACTUALLY into volleyball. So if you don’t remember my story of my gruesome defeat at the hands of Uncle Dean, at my family reunion two years ago my team lost the family volleyball game because of Uncle dean constantly serving to me and me not being able to receive the balls. WELL, my volleyball journey started before that.

I like anime. And so one day I was scrolling through new anime to watch and saw a volleyball anime and I scrolled right past it. I thought it looked kinda strange and definitely not something I could ever watch. While, my reunion was the next week and after my reunion I didn’t want to lose in volleyball so after the reunion I actually saw the anime again….and I had to watch it. So I did, and then proceed to binge watch every episode for the next two days. And I LOVED it. This show was seriously so inspirational and it actually made me fall in love with the game. The anime encapsulates everything good about volleyball and shows the viewer what it takes to play the game at a high level and how rewarding it can be.

But anyways, Hope you all have enjoyed my blog up until this point. I’m loving every second of running this blog. If you like anime (I know it’s not for everyone, I highly recommend watching Haikyu!!

FUTURE PLANS.

I was thinking at my 25 follower count I’ll do a giveaway. I post three times a week so if you like this post give it a like, it helps a lot!

Love you all.

Till next time,

W.P.

3 Volleyball Facts that Will BLOW Your Mind. 30 Second Read!!

  1. Most volleyball players jump around 80 or more times per match!

2. Volleyball has more national federations than any other sport with over 200 registered with FIVB.

3. The longest marathon playing volleyball indoors was 101 hours long. Achieved by SVU Volleyball in the Netherlands. Thats over four days long.

From my experience playing volleyball a three set match lasts about an hour, usually a bit longer. I can only assume a more experienced match would last a bit longer. So lets say an hour and fifteen minutes per match. (Just an estimate, there really is no good way to find the time because volleyball matches are not timed). My estimate is that they played around 80 Matches of volleyball. Since one match of volleyball has anywhere from 2-5 sets then they played somewhere around 242 sets of volleyball consecutively. So if each set ONLY went to 25 points (They can go longer, sets of volleyball are win by 2), approximately 6050 points were scored. (All numbers are approximations and guesses.) THATS CRAZY.

Hope you enjoyed this thirty second read,

Till next time,

W.P.

 

Sources,

http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/longest-marathon-playing-volleyball-%28indoors%29

https://www.totalsportek.com/most-popular-sports/

http://www.answers.com/Q/On_average_how_many_times_does_a_volleyball_player_jump_in_a_match